Litter louts are on a final warning – with council bosses promising tough action to keep the streets clean.
Two new enforcement officers will be hitting the streets to catch the culprits in action and issue on-the-spot fines and The Standard will also publish CCTV images of suspected offenders to appeal for help from readers to ensure they are also brought to justice.
Images captured by the town’s cameras of those suspected of dropping items, who cannot be identified, will be published in The Standard every month – starting next week.
The public can then pass on details of those pictured confidentially to the council to bring them to justice.
Coun Michael Brookes, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for waste services, said: “Cleanliness of the borough, including the town, has been shown time and again to be a priority for residents. Helping reveal the identities of those who deliberately drop litter and fail to clean up after their dogs should never be seen as telling tales. It should be seen as helping control the problem of littering and rightly penalising those who cause it.
“We don’t want to have to pick up litter. Or chase those who drop it. Better all round if it’s disposed of correctly in the first place. This initiative is about education.
“In past years it has been successful in reducing amounts of litter. It makes those thinking about dropping litter think again about the possible consequences.”
It will be the fourth time that the borough council has waged war on litterbugs using CCTV cameras.
Those caught deliberately dropping litter – including cigarette ends – by the council’s 68 CCTV cameras will be pursued and issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice or taken to court. The campaign will also extend to those who do not clean up after their dogs.
Coun Stephen Woodliffe, portfolio holder for environmental health and community safety, said: “As with all operational use of CCTV, those who are doing nothing wrong will have nothing to fear. It’s quite correct that we use this technology to ensure those who choose to break the rules are brought to book and that their activities do not limit the enjoyment of the environment which everyone has a right to.”
Two members of council staff, Jen Moore and Becky Shinn, are now environmental crime enforcement officers.
Jen said: “The council takes littering, dog fouling, urinating and defecating on our streets very seriously. We will be patrolling the streets and we will be issuing fixed penalty notices to those who commit these environmental crimes.”
Becky added: “Due to overwhelming public concern there will be a period of education when we will be advising people that spitting is an offence.After January 31 we will be treating spitting in exactly the same way we treat littering and they could be liable for a £75 fine.”